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The Developing World: How an Explosion of Creativity in the Developing World Is Changing the World, and Why the Developed World Has to Start Paying Attention. Paperback – August 13, 2010

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Before this book, when I heard the phrase "the developing world", it was usually mentioned when referring to poor starving people who needed help. But this is something very different. This is a wonderfully one-sided book that shows how exciting the big growth of China, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, , Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, and Korea are. He's found great examples of people and companies doing really innovative things, but most of all it's a mindset. The most telling example was asking a room full of people, "Raise your hand if you think your children's life will be better than yours is today." In Europe, only 0-20% of the hands go up. In Asia, a minimum of 80% of the hands go up. He's got so many supporting examples of how things are getting better and better in the "developing" countries, and getting even better than the "developed" ones. If you want some exciting examples of this, this is a great book for you. (I also couldn't put it down - read the whole thing in one four-hour sitting. So well done.) --Derek Sivers

This is one of the few books I have read (and I have read at least a book a week for 35 years) in one sitting. I am sure I will find myself dipping back into it a lot. Fredrik clearly demonstrates that so-called developed countries and developed people better wake up quick or they will be passed by developing countries and developing people who in the main never ever want to be seen as developed. The book provides clear direction on how to understand the developing world and tap into the myriad of opportunities there. --Ian Berry

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Fredrik Härén is a Swedish author and speaker on Business Creativity who is based in Singapore. He has delivered over 1,500 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 50 countries and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including "The Idea Book" that was included in "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time". He also runs Ideas Islands, 3 private islands in Sweden and Palawan that are solely dedicated to creating a haven for creative people to come up with great ideas.Fredrik has received several awards like Most Innovative Thinker of the Year, Speaker of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and he just became a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) The Global Speaking Organization has 6,000 speakers as members. Less than 700 are CSP's. In Asia there are only 10. One of them is Fredrik.HIs clients include American Express, DHL, Nokia, HP, GE, Microsoft, UPS, IBM, Jones Lang La Salle, Volvo, Volkswagen, Danone, Jeppessen, Ministry of France Singapore and many more! Some of his clients were so impressed with Fredrik's speeches that they even booked him more than once!To know more about Fredrik Härén or to book Fredrik Härén for a speech in your company / event, you may email us at

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